Small Talk: Baby's e-presence, the reputation of clowns

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Kai Ryssdal: This final note today. Fridays are great for a whole lotta reasons: A. They're Fridays, and B. We get a chance to take a break from the regular news and discover what's been happening that didn't make the headlines -- courtesy of Rico Gagliano, Brendan Newnam and the Marketplace staff.


Brendan Newnam: Adriene Hill, sustainability reporter for Marketplace. What story are you going to be talking about this weekend?

Adriene Hill: Well, I'm gonna be talking about the fact that Costco is selling a year's supply of dehydrated food, for all those survivalists out there, for $800.

Newnam: And let me guess, it comes with an "uh oh, something really bad happened" cookbook?

Hill: No, but it also -- you know, maybe if you're not a survivalist -- good thing to think about if you're just a really lazy grocery shopper.

Newnam: I love it. Just like once a year, it's all done.

Hill: Saves a ton of time.

Newnam: Sayanora, Trader Joe's.

Hill: Exactly.

Rico Gagliano: John Haas, editor. What story are you going to be talking about this weekend?

John Haas: There's an amusement park in England that is being picketed by clowns. Real clowns

Gagliano: Why?

Haas: Well, they're having a Halloween display called the "Carnival of Screams," where they have a bunch of killer clowns running around in the park.

Gagliano: And the clowns think they're being misrepresented?

Haas: Yeah, after Stephen King's "It" and "Poltergeist," you know, clowns have a bad reputation.

Gagliano: I mean, I support protests, but are there not draconian austerity measures that people can be protesting in Europe right now?

Haas: That's true, but you gotta treat them with respect. Because if you don't, they'll hunt you down and kill you.

Newnam: Stacey Vanek Smith, senior reporter for Marketplace. What story are you going to be talking about this weekend?

Stacey Vanek Smith: Well, there's a new study out that found that more than 90 percent U.S. toddlers have an online presence.

Newnam: This could explain Twitter.

Vanek Smith: Yes. And one in four unborn babies also have an online presence, like an e-mail address or a Facebook page.

Newnam: Status update: It's dark and cramped in here.

Ryssdal: You can hear more on their podcast. It's the Dinner Party Download.

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